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Does having a background in music make learning a new instrument easier even if you started late?

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  • humpty
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Yes. Knowledge of theory helps enormously because it can move from instrument to instrument.

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  • 3 months ago

    Theory is universal - technique is specific.  The more you know about reading music, and how music is BUILT - the easier the mental process.  If you played violin - then that TECHNIQUE will help you play other orchestral strings, because that requires physical principles.  Knowing how to play the violin is NO HELP if you decide to switch to trombone.  Switching from flute to clarinet is not that easy -  clarinet to bass clarinet, or from one size sax to another sax - no problem. So "background in music" does not tell us enough about your specific plans.   So tell us more!

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  • 3 months ago

    Yes, your background in music will help a great deal, especially if you're proficient in sight reading and also know some music theory. Go for it!

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  • Tony B
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    If you understand terms like, note, chord, interval, scale etc. and if you can already read music and understand how music works then you have a head start and some things will be easier.

    It won't help with the physical aspects of playing the instrument though. You will still find fretting a string or playing a chord on guitar difficult, you'll still find bowing and playing in tune difficult on violin.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    If similar yes. 

    It's like with languages .. Being fluent in Spanish makes it easier me to understand 

    Brazilian Portuguese than if not as there are many words that are nearly the same.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    yes. If you know understand and know the notes to a song, if you pick up a new instrument, and find out where the ntoes are, you should be able to figure out how to play the melody fairly easily.

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